Bio122, Human Biology
Syllabus, Fall 2009
Instructor: Yinsheng Wan, Ph.D. Albertus Magnus 318C Office Phone 865-2507,
Hickey Lab Phone 865-1636,
Textbook: Michael Johnson, Human Biology, 2009 Edition, Benjamin Cummings
Classroom: Albertus Magnus 137, TR, 11:30-12:45
Brief Course Description:
This non-major introductory biology course is intended to present the basic
principles and concepts of human biology in a manner designed to stimulate students’ curiosity and promote their understanding of the human body and its interaction with the
environment. Subject matter will provide students with the knowledge and ability to
make informed decisions in their future lives. The course will also consider cell theory,
genetics, evolution, and human ecology, followed by a detailed analysis of the various
organ systems of the human body and their diseases, disorders, and the aging process.
Contemporary topics in biology and medicine will be emphasized. Updated information
pertinent to human biology will be discussed prepared or improvised.
Course Grade Distribution: Exam I, 40%; Exam II, 40%; Unannounced Quiz, 20%.
Attending class is a responsibility of a student. Studying is your job. I will cover
updated information pertinent to human biology sometimes improvised. Unannounced
Quizzes are to ensure attendance and to help you to remember those issues that may not
be covered in the book.
At the end of this course, students are expected 1) to understand the structure and
functions of human body, 2) to be able to read/digest articles in professional journals
pertinent to human biology, 3) to be able to present his or her work in a professional way.
Academic Honesty Policy
As a student at Providence College or other colleges or universities or later in your life,
you are expected to follow the standards of intellectual and academic integrity. We
expect you to adhere to the level of honesty as outlined again below. Please refrain from
dishonorable or unethical behavior in all courses including this one.
A. Plagiarism: Plagiarism is taking another person’s work and calling it your own.
Plagiarism includes any paraphrasing or summarizing of the works of another
person without recognition, including the submitting of another student’s work as
your own. Plagiarism can involve a failure to reference a source of information in
a paper or report the quotation of the paragraphs, sentences, or phrases written by
someone else. Any information taken from the Internet without properly
referencing the source is considered plagiarism. The students are responsible for
understanding the rules of use for sources, the appropriate ways to reference
sources, and the consequences of plagiarism.
B. Cheating on exams: Cheating on exams or quizzes involves giving or receiving
help during the exam. Examples of such help include the use of notes, computer
based resources, books, or “crib sheets” during an examination (unless
specifically approved by a faculty member), or sharing answers with another
student during an exam. Other examples include allowing another student to view
your own exam or quiz.
C. Unauthorized collaboration: Submission for credit of a report or a paper as your
own work, which has been written in collaboration with another individual is not
allowed. It is also a violation of academic honesty knowingly to provide such help.
Collaborative work specifically authorized by a faculty member is allowed. D. Falsification: It is wrong to misrepresent or falsify data generated in the
laboratory portion of the class. You are expected to report the date as it is
regardless of whether it “fits” into the expected outcomes of the laboratories.
E. Multiple submissions: It is a violation of academic honesty to submit the same or
substantial portions of the same work for credit more than once unless the faculty
member(s) to whom the material is submitted for additional credit allows it. In
cases in which there is a progression of research in a lab or course, use of prior
work may be allowed or required; however, the student is responsible for
indicating in writing that the new work is cumulative.
Penalties for failure to adhere to academic policy:
A. Exams or Quizzes: For the first offense, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. If a student aids another student during the exam, both parties will
receive a zero. For the second offense, the student will receive an F for the course.
B. Lab reports or papers: For the first offense, the student will be asked to rewrite the assignment after a meeting with the appropriate faculty member in the course and
will receive a “late” penalty of one letter grade. For the second offense, the student
will receive a zero for the assignment. For any subsequent offense, the student will
receive an F for the course.
Tentative Lecture Schedule
Date Lectures Remarks/relevance Sept. 8 Chapter 1, Human Biology, Science and Society
Sept. 10 Chapter 2, The chemistry of living things Molecules Sept. 15 Chapter 3, Structure and function of cells Cells Sept. 17 Chapter 4, From cells to organ systems Tissues and Systems Sept. 22 Chapter 5, The skeleton system Bones Sept. 24 Chapter 6, The muscular system Muscles Sept. 29 Chapter 7, Blood Circulation Oct. 1 Chapter 8, Heart and blood vessels Cardiovascular System Oct. 6 Chapter 9, The immune system and mechanisms of Defense/Aids
Oct. 8 Chapter 10, The respiratory system: Exchange of Asthma
Oct. 20 Chapter 11, Nervous system: integration and control Alzheimer’s Oct. 22 Midterm Exam Close Book Oct. 27 Chapter 12, Sensory system Pain and wound healing Oct. 29 Chapter 13, The endocrine system Hormones and HRT Nov. 3 Chapter 14, The digestive system and nutrition Food and colon cancer Nov. 5 Chapter 15, The urinary system Prostate cancer Nov. 10 Chapter 16, Reproductive systems Stem cells Nov. 12 Chapter 17, Cell reproduction and differentiation
Nov. 17 Chapter 18, Cancer Tumor development Nov. 19 Chapter 19, Genetics and inheritance Genetic diseases Nov. 24 Chapter 20, DNA technology and engineering GMO Dec. 1 Chapter 21, Development and Aging Anti-aging issues Dec. 3 Chapter 22, Evolution and the origins of life God vs Evolution Dec. 8 Chapter 23, Ecosystem and Population The planet Dec. 10 Chapter 24, Human Impacts, Biodiversity and Terra incognita
Dec. 18, Friday Final Exam 1:30-3:30pm